Human Papilloma Virus or HPV is a common virus which has more than 100 different varieties and can affect different parts of our body. However 30 varieties are linked with genital infections and about 13 of these are associated with higher risk of cervical cancer.
There are a host of factors that can lead to the transmission of HPV infection, sexual contact is considered to be the most common causes. The condition is usually associated with formation of genital warts. This article provides information about HPV, its risk factors and how to treat HPV naturally.
HPV can affect the genitals i.e. the cervix, penis, scrotum, vulva and vagina and also the rectum and the anus. However there are different forms of HPV with affect different parts of the body. As per estimates, there are about 20 million people in the United States alone that suffer from genital HPV infection, with an estimated 5.5 million new infections each year. This virus tends to affect sexually active people with experts suggesting that about 80% of all adults being affected by this virus at some point in their life.
What Causes HPV Infection?
This virus spreads through direct skin contact with an infected person. Sexual contact vaginal, anal or oral is also associated with the spread of this condition. The condition is characterized by presence of warts around the vagina, cervix, anus, scrotum, penis, etc of the infected person. However there are certain risk factors that are associated with the transmission of the virus. These include,
- Age: Genital warts are more frequently observed in teenagers and young adults. Children are more prone to develop skin warts as a result of HPV infection.
- Multiple sexual partners increase the risk of genital warts and transmission of HPV through sexual contact.
- Individuals with poor or compromised immune system are at a higher risk of developing HPV. People suffering from HIV, individuals undergoing major surgery like transplant or individuals suffering from cancer are at high risk.
HPV Infection Symptoms
In most cases HPV infection is not associated with any symptoms and the most common symptom is the appearance of warts, especially genital warts. The wart may appear several months or years after the actual infection with the virus. Estimates suggest that over 80% of sexually active individuals suffer from HPV, but most of them are not aware due to the lack of symptoms.
Treatment For Human Papilloma Virus
In most cases, HPV may not require any treatment; however there are some simple natural treatments that are considered beneficial in the management of HPV infection,
- Homeopathic remedies like Thuja and Silicea are considered effective in the management of genital warts. Ingestion of the medications in low potency, repeated over several times in the day is considered beneficial.
- Local application of mixture of raw honey and turmeric is very useful. Turmeric and honey have antimicrobial properties which prevent the growth and spread of the HPV while raw honey also has a soothing effect on the skin.
- Ensure a healthy diet to boost your immune system and prevent the occurrence of an infection.